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DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Recycle a security envelope into a heartfelt Valentine’s Day card with just a few punches and pastes.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Years ago I saw a design*sponge post from derek & lauren that turned security envelopes inside out that got me seeing junk mail a little bit differently. The packrat in me started collecting some security envelopes and I got hooked on their pretty patterns.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

I stamped out some security envelope hearts using a large craft punch.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

And used a teeny heart hand punch for the “stamp.”

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

A special Valentine’s Day card for the important business of LOVE.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

WANNA MAKE IT? Free step-by-step tutorial and supply list for making my Valentine’s Day card using recycled security envelopes –>

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes
DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes


Supplies for making a Valentine Card using recycled security envelopes:

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How to make a Valentine Card using recycled security envelopes:

Open up a handful of recycled security envelopes with different patterns.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Punch some large hearts from the different patterns.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

This one had a bit of white on it so I tried again!

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Aren’t the security envelope patterns pretty?

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Choose an envelope for the outside. I really like the pattern in the bottom one but thought the “IMPORTANT!” and the stamp area were too cute.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Slice the red card stock paper slightly less wide than the envelope using an X-Acto knife, ruler and self-healing mat.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Measure twice the height of the envelope and trim.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Now a little trick to fold cards sharply. Turn the X-Acto knife upside down. Run it down the middle lightly a few times to score it without cutting through all the way.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Run your finger over it and voila! A nice crisp edge.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Round the corners using a corner punch.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Pretty, huh?

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Now doll up the stamp area…

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Punch a couple teeny hearts.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

I used the Elmer’s CraftBond quick dry dual tip glue pen.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

This Elmer’s quick dry pen has a fine-tip and a wide tip. Fine tip for the teeny hearts!

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Kind of sappy but I think it’s cute.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Place the security envelope hearts on the card so that they’ll show through the window.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Now here’s that wide tip on the glue pen.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

I usually use my finger to spread glue around but the wide tip on this pen is a lot less messy.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

All glued!

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

And this is what it looks like through the security envelope window.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Punch a red heart from the trimmings.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

Add the heart on the front. And preferably, hand deliver to your valentine.

DIY Valentine Card Idea using recycled security envelopes

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